Lake Havasu City residents and visitors can expect bright lights and big booms later this week as the Western Pyrotechnic Association’s Western Winter Blast 25 event arrives in town for a bang-up aerial 25th anniversary celebration.
Winter Blast organizer Keif Adler said setup begins today.
“It’s bigger and better,” Adler said Monday.
The five-night event has four public shows, which is one more than last year.
“On Friday and Saturday we’re having our main public displays,” Adler said. “But the shows that we’ve added on Thursday and Sunday are just about the same caliber.”
The annual show is a WPA membership convention, too.
“This year about 600 members are attending, that’s about 100 more than usual,” Adler said.
Organizers are expecting this year’s shows to be the biggest and best one yet.
The city is set to shut down the SARA Dog Park Wednesday through Monday to ensure the safety of canines that become frightened with the noise associated with the even and for routine annual maintenance. Lion’s Dog Park, at 1340 McCulloch Boulevard, and Avalon Dog Park, at 1294 Avalon Avenue, will remain open in Havasu during regular hours.
There should be good reasons for pets to be a bit skittish.
“It’s more money than ever has been spent, these will be the greatest fireworks that Lake Havasu City has ever seen,” said Keif Adler, past president and fireworks display chairman, during an earlier news story. Adler is a 22-year WPA member.
This year, the event extends to five days instead of the traditional four days. Main shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. compared to last year’s 8 p.m. show time and last about an hour.
During the event, open shooting will commence from 5 p.m. to about 10 p.m. daily for the WPA members who build and detonate their own designs.
Wednesday, which is day one of the show, is open shooting for members and there is no public display.
Thursday, there are short shows and demos beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, is the first of two main public displays. It is performed by Missouri-based AM Pyro, a company that makes many of their own fireworks.
Saturday, is the second of the two main public displays. It is performed by California-based Pyro Spectaculars.
“Both operators have guaranteed fireworks and shows that have never been seen in Lake Havasu,” Adler said in an earlier news story. “This is the 25th anniversary and it will be bigger and better than anything we’ve ever done.”
Sunday is a closing show to showcase member-built fireworks with a possibility of special effects. All five evenings are open to the public, and Western Winter Blast 25 organizers are encouraging attendance.
WPA encompasses 800 members worldwide including England, Austria and Australia, according to earlier reports. For more information, visit www.westernpyro.org.
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